Welcome to Cloud Nine’s Lucina amiibo training guide! To start off, thank you for taking the time to visit: your support is very much appreciated. Huge thanks to Supernova for sharing his knowledge of Lucina and for contributing to the completion of the guide!
Lucina, from the Fire Emblem Awakening game, is Chrom’s daughter and the future Princess of Ylisse. When she arrives from a doomed future seeking to prevent it from ever happening, she goes by the name Marth before her identity is revealed. She loves her father and would do anything to keep him safe.
This guide is up-to-date as of Version 1.1.7 of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Amiibo Overview / Pros & Cons
Lucina has two particularly powerful special moves that make her a tough opponent to defeat: her side special, Dancing Blade, and her down special, Counter. The former consists of four separate hits – and luckily, the Lucina amiibo is excellent at linking them all together. She uses this move a lot, to the point where her enemies often won’t be able to defend in time. Lucina’s Counter move is especially effective when used against incoming smash attacks – with proper timing, it can even turn the tide of battle in her favor.
While Lucina is indeed a formidable foe, a few of her tendencies can become problematic if certain precautions are not taken. Lucina may overuse both her forward and down aerials, which in turn leads to her getting punished. She may also become too reliant on her Counter and could be left vulnerable if used too often. Lucina’s recovery is also quite poor – her up special grants her decent vertical momentum, but very little horizontal movement.
Although she does have a few mildly annoying tendencies, Lucina is a powerful fighter who can rip unprepared opponents to shred. Using her Dancing Blade and Counter moves appropriately is key – with proper training, Lucina is more than capable of changing the future. Figuratively speaking.
Section 2: Recommended Equipment
Lucina – Recommended Stats & Bonuses
For more information on equipment, including instructions on how to farm for custom parts, please read the amiibo equipment guide.
Before you begin training your amiibo, you must equip it with a viable setup of stats and bonuses. The following build has been extensively tested and proven effective:
+60 Attack / +60 Defense / 0 Speed
Lucina – Recommended Custom Moves
- Iai Counter: This is a custom move version of Lucina’s down special. Iai Counter hits much harder and is also faster. Furthermore, it sends opponents flying backwards. In exchange, its Counter window is more difficult to activate. This isn’t as problematic as you may think – amiibo can react to oncoming attacks faster than any human. Even with its reduced activation window, your Lucina amiibo will still be able to use Iai Counter effectively.
Once your amiibo’s equipment setup is refined and ready to go, your training will officially begin! If you ran into some sort of problem while feeding your amiibo, feel free to jump into Cloud Nine’s Discord server to ask a question.
Section 3: Leveling Up Your Amiibo
Amiibo training is a very specific task, and for the best possible results, you will need to go about it very carefully. You can’t just go all-out and use combos and aerials: both of these are frowned upon in the amiibo metagame. Instead, you should remain grounded at all times, punishing your amiibo for every aerial move it uses against you.
To help your amiibo properly utilize its moveset, you will mirror match it from Level 1 all the way to Level 50. Playing timed matches on Ω-form stages is highly recommended.
Lucina Training Tips
- Primary damage-racking moves: side special. Lucina’s jabs and tilts are all good – but they’re completely outclassed by her side special. A well-trained Lucina amiibo will rely primarily on Dancing Blade. Its speed and power is unrivaled, and whether or not Lucina can successfully link Dancing Blade attacks together is often the deciding factor of a match. Make sure to strike with all four hits as often as you can. If you can’t figure out the timing, try slow mode. If you still can’t figure out the timing, don’t worry about it, just use the move to the best of your ability.
- Primary KO moves: forward smash and down special. Lucina’s forward smash is one of her fastest and most powerful attacks. When your amiibo is at high percentages, start attacking with forward smash. Iai Counter is another excellent KO option, but it may be difficult for you to nail its timing. Again, if you can’t properly time the attack, try slow mode. If you’re not playing on the Wii U version of the game, you can just pause the game repeatedly to see what your amiibo is going to do.
- Moves to avoid: neutral special. If used too often against her, your Lucina amiibo will use aerial Shield Breaker attacks at inappropriate times. It’s best to avoid this move altogether.
When your amiibo finally reaches Level 50, its training will truly begin. Just like a real player, amiibo need match experience and practice against different characters.
Section 4: Post-Level 50 Training
Now that your amiibo has reached Level 50, its training will become a bit more involved. Defense and counterattacks are important to your amiibo’s success, but its match experience is even more important. Your amiibo will need to be exposed to as many fighters, stages, and situations as possible.
Your Amiibo’s Match Experience
Every character in the Super Smash Bros. roster has their own unique playstyle and a variety of attacks to use. Ideally, your amiibo will learn to play against all 58 fighters. Training guides for every amiibo are now available: so if any of yours are untrained, raise them with their own personalized character guide. You can then pit the two amiibo against each other in a battle, and they’ll both become stronger.
Mirror Matches, Defense, & Counterattacks
As your amiibo’s knowledge of other fighters grows, its grasp on its own moveset slowly fades away. More specifically, your amiibo’s fighting skills will wear down over time. Match experience is great, but too much of it at once is a bad thing. Mirror matching your amiibo between battles against other characters is a great way to refresh its skills while retaining its match experience. In the previous section was a list of tips that specifically applied to your amiibo’s character – refer back to that list if necessary. Once again, be sure to stay grounded and to play defensively.
If your amiibo begins acting aggressively during battles or starts to use too many aerial attacks, there is a perfect solution: the defensive training session. In just a few minutes, you can retrain your amiibo to dodge, perfect shield, and counterattack with impeccable speed and timing. To keep your amiibo fresh and at its best, rotate both mirror matches and defensive training sessions as needed.
Section 5: Conclusion & Credits
Thank you so much for reading this guide! It was a long one, but you made it through! Although the guide may be coming to a conclusion, your training most certainly isn’t: there’s always a way to make an amiibo stronger, and yours is no exception. If you ever need additional help training your amiibo, stop by Cloud Nine’s Discord server.
If your desire to read amiibo training guides and articles hasn’t been entirely fulfilled, there are some more posts here that you might like. The official amiibo tier list ranks every amiibo’s overall capabilities – you might even learn something new if you take a look at it. The FAQ is another good resource worth checking out. Alternatively, you can head to the master list of guides for even more amiibo training methods!